Stephen Strasburg: Mike Rizzo talks of 'one-pitch' injury
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo discussed Stephen Strasburg's injury in a noontime interview with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on ESPN 980.
"First, I just want to say that Stephen doesn't want any funeral type of thing. Tommy John surgery isn't open heart surgery. We're going to see him a year from today. He's gonna be bigger and better than ever. He's focused on the surgery and the rehabitation and getting back here. ... There's no wake here."
"He's going to put all that competitive edge into this rehabilitation."
Was Strasburg injured on one pitch or was this from wear and tear? Rizzo called the earlier MRIs on Strasburg "pristine," then said:
"I listen to the opinion of the doctors and they feel it was probably a one-pitch event. The MRI we took [Thursday] was dramatically changed from the MRI we took when we drafted him."
The tick tock of events:
"The dry MRI was problematic; that's the reason why we got the arthrogram [an MRI in which dye is injected into the area]. The confusing thing is that Stephen came to the ballpark the next day [Sunday], there was no discomfort, no swelling. He passed the [two pitching] tests the doctors gave him in Philadelphia."
Did Rizzo anticipate the arthrogram would reveal a problem?
"I did go in with my eyes wide open and thought it looked like there was going to be problem."
How Strasburg was told the news:
"On Monday, Stan Kasten and Jim Riggleman and I had the conversation with him that the dry MRI came back and there some problems, some things we didn't like. We told him we were going to give him the [arthrogram]."
How Strasburg handled the news:
"We can't forget he is a 22-year-old man. He was upset by the news. He was confused at first how could it happen -- my arms feels good. He turned that attitude into ... once we settled down and got the big picture, he's going to put his competitive juices into his rehab."
And, since Rob Dibble's name has come up...
"I have no problem with Rob Dibble. He's a baseball guy, but honestly I was upset by the comments. He made uninformed comments. The media has the right to dive in and say anything they want about performance on the field and believe me I've got no problem with criticism about the way I handle business. ...
"When you go into a guy's commitment [on the field], that's a slippery slope."
August 27, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
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